A Word A Day : Callous
Tuesday, 9th October 2007 : Today's Word is ...
Callous( Adjective )
Pronunciation : kál-less
1. Showing no concern that other people are or might be hurt or upset
2. Emotionally hardened
3. Deficient in human sensibilityEtymology:
14th century. Directly or via French - Latin callosus "hardened by friction" - callus "hard skinNote
:callous or callus? Do not confuse the spelling of callous and callus, which sound similar. Callous is an adjective meaning "insensitive or unfeeling," as in a callous remark. Callus is a noun that usually denotes a patch of thickened skin on the hand or foot.Synonyms:
Heartless, Unfeeling, Uncaring, Insensitive, Unsympathetic, Cold, Cruel, Pitiless, Hard, Thick-Skinned, Cold-Hearted, HardheartedAntonyms:
Warm-hearted, LovableContextual Examples:
• But, indeed, from what I saw, all these buccaneers were as callous
as the sea they sailed on.
as they were to my suffering, they were equally callous
to their own when anything befell them.Related Words:
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